Jesse Jarnow

“wizard’s sleeve” – yo la tengo

“Wizard’s Sleeve” – Yo La Tengo (download here)
from Shortbus OST (2006)
released by Team Love (buy)

(file expires November 28th)

The second post-Beat Your Ass b-side is from the soundtrack to John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus, and is really quite groovy: two minutes of sweetly wordless space age exotica that sound like they could’ve been crate-dug on some Numero release, possibly http://www.numerogroup.com/catalog_detail.php?uid=00216">French. There are faint strings, but mostly just atmosphere and a nearby ocean (and likely a view from a stucco balcony).

Haven’t seen the movie yet, so maybe there’s some context there, but the title seems a conceptual sequel to the ironic anti-shock of Beat Your Ass and its contents. Or perhaps they’re just incidentally meme surfing: I think Borat uses the phrase to describe his wife.

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